Teacher unions strike: Akufo-Addo calls on them to resume work

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has appealed to the Teacher Unions to go back to the classrooms while they continue with the negotiations.

Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), TEWU and Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana Monday 4th July 2022 embarked on a nation-wide strike for Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA).

In his Edul-Adha message on Saturday July 9 2022, President Akufo-Addo disclosed that his government is working hard to fix the challenges in the educational sector.

He also expresses joy at the fact that the teachers have commenced negotiations with the Ministries of Labour and Education.

“I am aware that some teacher unions have declared a strike in pursuit of a twenty per cent Cost of Living Allowance. I am happy that yesterday, the teachers were joined by other members of the organized labour under the Trades Union Congress to sit down with the government led by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and the Minister for Education to begin negotiations on this matter.

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“I want to add my voice to the appeal by the outstanding Minister for Employment and Labour Relations Hon Ignatius Baffur Awauh, Member of Parliament for Sunyani West for the teachers to return to the classrooms, pending the outcome of the negotiations so that the education of our children, some of whom are preparing to sit their final exams, is not affected,” the President reiterated.

He continued: “We are in a difficult place; the world is in a difficult place. Leaders around the world, like we are doing here in Ghana, are working assiduously to resolve the fundamental challenges that have plunged the world into the current economic conditions in which it finds itself. But, just as the efforts of Hagga resulted in the discovery of Zamzam well, from which we drink these days, I am confident that soon, we shall discover our own Zamzam well.”

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